DOLE XI all set for contingency plan
By Mai Gevera
Davao City (14 November) -- With the looming global economic crunch, the Department of Labor and Employment Region XI is now buckling up to protect local and overseas workers.
During the Ugnayan sa Mandaya Hotel held last Wednesday, DOLE XI regional director Atty. Jalilo Dela Torre bared the contingency plan that the country is providing to million of workers that might be affected by the financial crisis.
DOLE said that the department is tasked to heighten monitoring of overseas labor-market displacements.
The contingency plan also indicates the task of contract monitoring of job orders to determine if there is any decrease in overseas labor demand.
The Philippine Overseas Employment Authority XI has not yet seen any significant decrease in the overseas demand since majority of the workers from the region are seeking employment in Hong Kong, Korea, Macau, and Saudi Arabia. Only very few workers are bound for the United States.
In case displacements take place, DOLE is tasked to identify and develop new market niches amidst the prevailing crisis.
The department has also prepared in-country services for returning OFWs such as the constant monitoring of job orders of foreign principals.
About P100 million is allocated for the expansion of livelihood enhancement or business formation program.
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Livelihood Fund through the National Livelihood Support Fund is augmented with P100 million while the Livelihood Fund or NRCO with P50 million.
Also, the department will be providing business counseling and strengthening of reintegration services, massive skills upgrading and retooling services, facilitation of OFW Mobilization, and strengthening partnership with the private sector. (PIA) [top]